Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


Missing Entrepreneurs 2021 launch event on 30 November

Join the European Commission, the OECD and the Global Entrepreneurship Network for the online launch event of the Missing Entrepreneurs 2021 - Policies for inclusive entrepreneurship and self-employment.

The launch event will present the main findings of the new report and bring together the views of the European Commission, the OECD and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. It will shed light on the importance of inclusive entrepreneurship, key messages of the report, as well as the experiences of European entrepreneurs through a panel discussion.



The Missing Entrepreneurs 2021 is the sixth edition in a series of biennial reports that examine how public policies at national, regional and local levels can support job creation, economic growth and social inclusion by overcoming obstacles to business start-ups and self-employment by people from disadvantaged or under-represented groups in entrepreneurship. It shows that there are substantial untapped opportunities for entrepreneurship in populations such as women, youth, the unemployed, and immigrants and highlights the need for more tailored government entrepreneurship policies that respond to the specific barriers they face.

The report includes an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 across these populations of entrepreneurs and the effectiveness of the policy response. It also contains thematic policy chapters on microfinance and leveraging the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. These chapters present the range of current policy actions in EU and OECD countries and make recommendations for future policy directions.

Finally, the report contains country profiles for each of the 27 EU Member States that identify major recent trends in entrepreneurship by women, youth, seniors and immigrants, the key policy issues and the recent policy actions.

The publication is a joint initiative between the European Commission (Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and the OECD (Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities).

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